Dirty Water No More


Neema Morris, 10, used to collect dirty water from this swamp near her home in Marafa, Kenya.

In 2013, World Vision drilled a deep borehole well to provide her community with access to clean water. She and her family no longer drink water from here.

Neema’s older sister, Harusi, 12, is sponsored through World Vision, so Neema enjoys some of the benefits, too, like access to clean water, school uniform, bed sheets, backpack, and medical care.

Before World Vision came to their village, Neema had to get up early every morning to fetch water by walking down a very steep hill covered with spiny shrubs, to a dirty swamp.

“The worse part was walking back up the steep hill,” Neema says. “When we drank the water, I sometimes got sick. I even had to go to the hospital because I got so sick.” One time she got so sick at school that her teacher, Mapenzi Vestiner had to rush her to the hospital. The one thing she wanted more than anything else was clean water, she says.

Everything changed when World Vision brought clean water. “Now I’m happy and healthy. I have clean water and I don’t get sick. I don’t miss school and I’m doing well. I’m making good grades in my favorite subject, Swahili. Now I believe I can achieve my dream of becoming a teacher.”

Photo©2015 World Visio, Chris Huber

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